thedarknight3

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Video: 2.5/5 (quite a few b/w films this year, this one didn't manage to detract from the story)
Audio: 2/5
Story: 1/5 (it was all a dream - scenario was a risky move to be honest! risk-takers we applaud you!)
Overall: 2/5
Some few comedic points here and there, especially the "Ah... coffee" line, which had the audiences laughing at the awkward punchline. Nonetheless, the story ended with a drawback.. making everything they had going for them useless. The monster frankenstein-esque aesthetic was such a waste.. Personally, I was truly disappointed with the ending :( Loved the visually pleasing costume work with some characters. Camera work was creative and unique. But story wins all. Better luck next time fellas.

Video: 3.5/5
Audio: 3.5/5
Story: 2/5
Overall: 3/5
I agree that the production value on this short set apart from the rest in this heat, but the story somewhat was confusing at certain points. The camerawork was excellent, in the sense it actually helped the film to be scary (like that one shot exploding the traumatic experience the main protagonist feels). A dark but beautiful aesthetic. I love horror in this interrelationship of keeping with contemporary conventions but dialling up that knob a few notches to create something cohesively impressive, and at times frightening. Perhaps one of my favourite horror shorts this year. Not Bad.

Video: 4/5
Audio: 4/5
Story: 2/5 (sorry came in late)
Overall: 3.5/5
I came in late to this one, but just enough to see the overall aesthetic and style. The production quality was outstanding. The alienation in creating those eery scenes using great lighting and shadows should be applauded for. I greatly want to watch this again from start, but I remember this film to be a fantastic gothic emo-esque horror. Loved the contrast and saturation they did in post.

Video: 4/5
Audio: 4/5
Story: 4/5
Overall: 4/5
A definite favorite in my books. Loved the use of a dog as a main lead. I've seen child actors, prop actors but a dog! Could've been mistaken for those extremely talented dogs from 'The Artist' and 'Hugo'. I think this dog has a future in this industry. Great performance. The camera work in the car and on location was simple but brilliant in the sense, I keep questioning how they rigged, what camera and lens they used to film this. Perhaps the GoPro for the POV? The dog pov, was very well done. The comedic acting between talents was also a bonus. The story wasn't anything extravagant, but was a safe and fine plot and I think it was a great path they took seeing the dog was the scene stealer for this film and heat. I give extra applause for their location hunting. Wouldn't have been easy to film the dog in such odd places around Auckland. Great overall, hope to see you next year.

Video: 4/5
Audio: 4/5
Story: 5/5
Overall: 4/5
Who can resist a funny gangster short. I cannot say anything bad about this film, apart from seeing it finish. Would love to see a longer cut to see what other episodes this team can put in there. I loved the comedic touches and they executed these with effective tones and pacing. A very very professional production quality like no other, this team really did stand apart from the rest. The story was simple enough to not confuse us with cutaways and flashbacks, and the level of VFX was highlighted and executed as a comedic reference to those immature and over the top excessive blockbuster action films like 'Expendables'. but at times gave the audience something to drool over, like the 'Hitman' sequence. My favorite line (as many of the comments show) was when the main protagonist goes to a magic bearer and asks his fortune to find he had been given three identical cards and he says, "You better not have rigged this, you f***** bitch" or something along the lines, and the audience were forced to like this film from the get go. Thank you for a hilarious evening, the other participants are going to have to step up to catch up! See you next year guys well done.

Video: 4/5
Audio: 3/5
Story: 3/5
Overall: 3.5/5
The thing I love about this movie is its execution of a short film of this level in a time constraint. I story was never interfered by the production at all, and I love it when filmmakers know the right balance between high-quality and generic quality. It might be an automatic bias for me since I go to several screenings just for the horror shorts. Had some great scary moments, I think they absolutely were horror fans alike. But this stood apart from the rest. Aesthetically pleasing, impressive talent and the score complemented the right amount. Well done, and can't wait to see this team again next year.

Video: 5/5
Audio: 4/5
Story: 2/5
Overall: 3/5
Music, video, pacing was a perfect recipe for a great music video. I greatly applaud their attempt at raising the bar higher for technology in 48hrs, but was over hyped in my honest opinion. Thank you for the creative burst!

Video: 5/5
Audio: 3.5/5
Story: 4/5
Overall: 4/5
Perhaps one of the most entertaining skits between the doctor and patient. That scene should be awarded the best carried out skit in this heat. Was exceptionally well scripted and carried out. Editing pace was on par, but talent was also a great advantage. Obviously this team had some pros. An obvious team with expertise and experience. They had the complete package, from camerawork, concept, sound, talent, editing, SFX (great work art team with all that gore and blood). Nothing more to say, but that it was unfair for the rest of the heat participants to be competing with pros. Great execution and was completely true on form. The comedic touches, and references to kiwiana and the proud supporter of V was brilliant. Well done, and see you in the next round and next year.

Video: 3/5
Audio: 3/5
Story: 4/5
Overall: 4/5
Great performance, great plot, great execution. Those of you who came to the screening will know that this was one of those serious and believable series where a man obsessively watches a girl in depression from a distance (literally from the online realm but also from a spiritual level). They utilised screen capture in this short, having a pov shot of the screen to show what sites, what they are searching on their laptops. Almost gave a tear to my eye with the last scene of the male protagonist explaining his conclusion via voice over. The thing that slightly detracted me from the story was watching him run towards the audio HI-FI set and touching the knobs and whistles to increase the volume. The diegetic sound was completely lost and somewhat didn't seem immersive for me. Also that scene reminded me of 'American Psycho' :)

Video: 5/5 (a serious player, great blurry effects and cinematography)
Audio: 2.5/5 (felt awkward in some places, might be deliberate?)
Story: 2/5
Overall: 3.5/5
This team seemed to aim for perfection at the get go. The audience felt this from the very first shot where they are at the intersection of queen st AKLD, and the focus goes onto our three protagonists whom are all interrelated in some point later in the film. A classic three way love story, literally and metaphorically. I loved this film for giving other teams to set their aesthetic/style bar higher. I want to know what rigging, what camera, what lenses they used. It reminded me of an up and coming international film (would be interesting to have subtitles to fit that category in their homeland language). The main male actor was excellent, a slight Keanu Reeves feel with a bland expression but just enough portray his confusion (those of you who came to the screening will know what I'm talking about). The story was basic, but being said that the editor should have been able to pace it just right, given the lack of complexity. If there were less pauses (quite obviously to show that the characters are thinking), the audiences wouldn't be detracted from the plot. Overall good short, unfortunate to see some lack of climax. It was too predictable. Loved the cheesy music in some places, I think this team wanted to go for a serious but at times making fun of other romantic/drama films with their over the top scores. Another team I can't wait for next year.

Video: 3.5/5
Audio: 2/5 (in some places the music score and picture seemed to be off..)
Story: 2.5/5 (the ending somewhat gave an all round closure..)
Overall: 4/5 (this is from the horror fan in me)
I simply loved this aesthetic. This statement is an automatic bias, since their asian cast and style of shooting a 'horror genre' immediately reminded me of all my horror favourites. From the Japanese horror style 'The Ring' to 'The Grudge' and everything in between, they hit the spot of that particular horror feel. A simple hide-and-seek gone wrong. The child talents were well done, the mother? or nanny? figure was a great crowd-pleaser, frightening us with sudden tempo breaks and screams. The cinematography was excellent, I think they altered the image heavily in post, but the overall raw aesthetic fit the mood and audiences got it. I haven't seen this team before, but I think they knew exactly what they were doing in this genre. However... a very unfortunate ending. I still don't get the story completely. It somewhat confused me but also filled some gaps in some areas.. perhaps I'm not alone in this, but it would be interesting to see a director's cut or commentary?